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Zainab Mughal: Toddler with cancer spurs hunt for rare blood

A two-year-old US girl who needs several blood transfusions to fight cancer has spurred a global campaign to search for compatible donors.Zainab Mughal has one of the rarest blood types in the world, which makes it difficult to treat her condition.Campaigners say more than 1,000 people have been tested, but only three so far have […]

Figures reveal agriculture death toll

Figures from the Health and Safety Executive said a total of 33 people died across Britain in the 12 months to the end of March.The incidents in Scotland included a 76-year-old farmer who was crushed by a bull.A 62-year-old farmer drowned while tending to oysters being grown on the seabed, while a farm worker was […]

Western lifestyle may cause blood pressure to rise with age

A western lifestyle might be the reason blood pressure tends to rise with age, according to a study of remote tribal communities. Hypertension is a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and in many developed countries, including the UK, the likelihood of developing increases with age. More than a quarter of adults in England have […]

Melatonin and root causes of poor sleep

LED screens and lighting are behind the increasing use of melatonin to combat sleeplessness, according to Dr John Lincoln and Eleanor Levin. Dr Sally Cheseldine suggests a milky drink might help We were shocked by the revelation that over 117,000 people under 18 were given “off label” melatonin prescriptions in 2017-18 (Fears over rise in […]

Repeat flu vaccinations don’t hurt kids and might help boost immunity, study finds

Getting repeated flu vaccines year after year doesn’t reduce their effectiveness in children and, in fact, may boost immunity against some influenza strains, researchers reported Friday. Their findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, should reassure parents and doctors worried after reports suggested getting vaccines every year might reduce immunity. The new […]

Just a few drinks can change how memories are formed

A new study in flies finds that alcohol hijacks this memory formation pathway and changes the proteins expressed in the neurons, forming cravings. Just a few drinks in an evening changes how memories are formed at the fundamental, molecular level. The findings were published on Thursday, Oct. 25, in the journal Neuron. Karla Kaun, assistant […]

Skin-lightening creams are dangerous – yet business is booming. Can the trade be stopped?

On a crisp, sunny morning a couple of official vehicles, including a police car, pull into a quiet cul-de-sac in a seaside town. Officers get out and knock on the door of one of the houses, then proceed to search it: every cupboard is opened, every box. Old furniture is pulled out of the garage. […]

Genetic Tool to Predict Adult Heart Attack Risk in Childhood

People at high risk of a heart attack in adulthood could be spotted much earlier in life with a one-off DNA test, according to new research which we part-funded, published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. An international team led by researchers from the University of Leicester, University of Cambridge and […]

Combination antibody therapy results in long-term viral suppression in HIV infection

A new generation of broadly neutralising antibodies provides a novel approach to treating HIV infection. The research group of Prof Florian Klein, Director of the Institute of Virology at the University Hospital Cologne and scientist at the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), has collaborated with scientists at the Rockefeller University in New York and […]

‘Don’t go cold turkey’ to quit smoking

Government health officials have said smokers stand a much greater chance of succeeding giving up by using official NHS support or turning to e-cigarettes. Research has shown only 4% of those who go "cold turkey" remain smoke-free after a year. But turning to nicotine replacement therapies, such as patches or lozenges, can increase that by […]

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